Liberals hang on to Kitchener Centre despite strong Green Party showing – CTV News

Liberals hang on to Kitchener Centre despite strong Green Party showing - CTV News
Raj Saini re-elected in Kitchener Centre
KITCHENER – The people of Kitchener Centre have spoken, voting for incumbent Liberal candidate Raj Saini for another term.

The race in the bellwether riding was varied but not close, as Saini was declared at a point in the vote counting where he had nearly 40 per cent of the votes.

Despite a promising campaign that saw over 2,000 lawn signs, results for the Green Partys Mike Morrice was polling second at the time of the declaration.

"Its thanks to the dedication of the 350 volunteers who have been working for months that we have changed the way people are engaging in our democracy," Morrice said in a news release.

Conservative candidate Stephen Woodworth, Kitchener Centres MP from 2008 until 2015, was polling in third place.

Kitchener Centre has been an historic bellwether riding, meaning that it usually predicates the outcome of an election: if Kitchener Centre votes one way, the country does, too.

Provincially, Kitchener Centre is also been a bellwether riding, but that trend was bucked in the 2018 election when the riding elected Laura Mae Lindo of the NDP.

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Raj Saini, Liberal incumbent, has been re-elected in Kitchener Centre with 37 per cent of the popular vote. 

NDP's Andrew Moraga received about 12 per cent and People's Party candidate Patrick Bernier won two per cent. Ellen Pappenburg of the Animal Protection Party received 0.4 per cent of the ballots.

Kitchener Centre was redefined in 2012, when it gained territory from the former riding of Kitchener-Waterloo and lost territory to Kitchener-Conestoga and the new riding of Kitchener South-Hespeler for the 2015 federal election.

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